Associate Professor Deanna Grant-Smith holds a PhD in public consultation and policy analysis and is Deputy Director of the Centre for Decent Work and Industry at the Queensland University of Technology. She has more than 20 years of experience conducting research and providing policy and strategy advice across the areas of environmental policy, participatory planning, community engagement, and organisational strategy and development.
Deanna has extensive experience in developing and delivering consultative approaches for a range of issues including transport and infrastructure planning, and environmental policy review, and has conducted and supervised a range of research activities to inform strategic evidence-based decision-making. Within a government setting these include research into: boating activity in high growth areas; Indigenous boating safety; transport needs and disadvantage; and risk management approaches in regulatory regimes.
Deanna currently researches stakeholder engagement with a focus on marginalised or disadvantaged groups, particularly young people and women, and cultural and political engagements with sustainability particularly those associated with waste. She also explores the potential for exploitation and exclusion presented by unpaid work and emerging forms of unpaid and unwaged work.